Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by sennin:
4.5/5 rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a pint glass. Batch #18, bottled April 2012.
The "Demons of Ale", Avery Brewing Company's tribute to all things brutal and awesome is one series of brews that I have been enjoying my time a great deal with. These beers are BIG, and are some of the best I have tasted and with "Samael", Avery has done it again.
A- Maybe it has something to do with the name, but this beer looks almost like it is billowing out of the depths of something. Pours an amber color with a small amount of off-white head lasting through the whole session. There is very spotty lacing, but its there in small amounts. Particulate matter can be seen in the glass, slowly rising to the top and falling back down again, almost resembles what I would imagine the river Styx would look like. Very cool look.
S- Wow. Molasses, caramel, maple syrup, some burnt brown sugar, and something like an aged cheese like smell. There is A LOT going on in this and its never overpowering or unpleasant. Alcohol smell is non-existent. Very interesting smelling beer, one of my favorites that I have yet to come across.
T- Molasses and syrup hit hard at first- sweet, but not overly so. Alcohol then becomes evident but serves more to give it that very oak barrel, bourbon like taste. On the swallow, you get tastes like butterscotch that go along with the continuous molasses and syrup backbone. Bitterness and sweetness perfectly act in unison, giving the beer a very balanced and incredible taste. Sweetness can get a bit overpowering as the session goes on though. But still, I can't see myself tiring of this, it's a slow drinker after all. Good stuff.
M- Silky smooth at first, but later evolves into a slightly dry chalkiness. Even still, the dryness at the end is almost nice, serves as a great way to finish off the brew. Its rather flat too, but to me this works very well with the style. Heavy carbonation would have ruined this brew. Its a very nice balancing act, to an already very well-balanced brew. Excellent.
Avery Brewing Company continues to impress. I have liked nearly every single one of their beers that I have tried, but their Demons of Ale series is the top of the pack and "Samael" is certainly a worthy addition to the pleasant brutality of that series. Find it, buy it, drink it and revel in the brutality. Cheers.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2012 07:54:27 | More by sennin
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3.53/5 rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a rich red colour, fairly clear. Head is just a whispy cloud of bubbles, fairly large with small amount of lacing left behind. Not bad.
Smells weizeny. Fair banana to it with lots of nutmeg as well, cake dough and treacle. Smells possibly strong and rocky fuely, but some decent fruity sweetness as well.
Tastes strong, fairly boozey, with a big banana sweetness. Slight metallic edge on the back, touch of sweet spice with nutmeg and vanilla, but yeah, sweet boozey notes, some Calvados sweetness around the edge. Huge residual sugar, huge banana character. If I were a big banana fan I'd love this. I like the sweetness more than I do in most other overly sweet beers, but disenfranchised by the heavy banana leaning.
Sticky, syrupy sweet feel. Fairly smooth but a lick of booze heat. Not bad.
Bit sweet and more than a bit heavy. Feels a bit like malt liquor, but there's certainly more complex sugars there to be enjoyed.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 05:49:10 | More by laituegonflable
3.59/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Deep ruby mahogany snifter pour, lively bubbles, fairly clear, minimal head. Body appears thinner in appearance than I'd have expected.
Smells like oaky burn, and alcohol soaked cherries and plums.
Tastes sweet sweet sweet! Dark fruit dipped, or soaked I should say, in sugar. While the sweetest beer I've ever tasted, I do enjoy the way the caramel and oak work together. The alcohol stays more well hidden than I figured it would, as each sip brings mostly the sweet plummy oak flavors, while the hops are less prominent. Syrupy. You may enjoy this to a point, as an after dinner sipper, if you can get past the cloying aspect.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 22:46:06 | More by TBoneJones
Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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